• 'Biking Boroughs' to get more funding

    The capital's 13 'Biking Boroughs' are to get £4m of funding to be spent over three years until March 2014. TfL's director of better routes and places, Ben Plowden, explains: "Biking Boroughs aims to introduce simple, locally focused solutions that encourage residents to consider, for each journey, whether a bike could be used." He continues: "thousands of short trips made in outer London every day have the potential to be cycled".

    London Assembly member Jenny Jones, from the Green Party, has criticised Mayoral cycling investments in the past, arguing that "London’s cycling revolution has been stalled for the last two years as the Mayor failed to finish the London Cycle Network, which would have created hundreds of linked-up cycle routes throughout London... the one big project that was on the verge of delivering a huge advance for cycle safety, especially in outer London". She continues: "Expenditure on cycling has gone up, but with the exception of some good work by a few local authorities, little extra was acheived".

    My opinion is somewhere in between. Encouraging people in outer London to cycle short journeys by bicycle is very worthwhile, but it should not come at the expense of providing a proper Greater London Cycle Network and Map. All the bases need to be covered, such that short, medium and longer journeys can all be undertaken by bicycle (or, indeed, electric bicycle) in the capital.

    It's not as if the cost is prohibitive: it's been estimated by LCN Development Manager Brian Deegan that Simon Parker's London Cycle Map could be implemented for just £50,000 per borough - yearly wages for a couple of traffic wardens. Then, of course, a proper London Cycle Map would have the knock-on effect of encouraging more people to cycle local journeys, so the project would enhance TfL's Biking Boroughs agenda, and vice versa. What are we waiting for? 

  • Creative things to do with old bike parts

    ... courtesy of Give a Car, a charity guest-blogging on The London Cyclist. Personaly I like the butterfly front gate.

  • Cycle Hire Scheme is shortlisted for design awards

    The Brit Insurance Design Awards 2011, to be precise. For even more precision, check out what makes these bikes so stylish.

  • Lance Armstrong retires

    Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has announced he is quitting professional cycling. Read more here , there and everywhere.

  • Cycling road race will 'bring the magic of the 2012 games to life'

    .. says Sebastian Coe, as reported in The Telegraph. The race will start in central London, then head out to Surrey and back again. (We've all got lost and done that before.)

  • Tower Hamlets women could scoop major transport award

    Eleven women from the Ocean Estate in Tower Hamlets have been nominated for a London Transport Award 2011.

    The women - dubbed Ocean’s 11 – featured in Cycle Lifestyle issue 2 and have been nominated for the award for their remarkable efforts in learning to cycle. They are one of seven projects nominated in the ‘Achievements in Cycling’ category of the awards, which will be presented in London in April this year.

  • Man fends off leopard with bike

    According to this article in Going Going Bike, my mum can add another item to her list of cycling hazards: leopards.

  • Increase in cyclists crossing the Thames in central London

    "Perhaps it's time that the people who use bicycles shouted a bit more loudly at our politicians about re-designating some of our road space towards the bicycle", say bloggers 'Cyclists in the City', after revelaing new statistics about the increasing numbers of cyclists in the capital. Since 2006, the percentage of bicycles crossing the eight Central London bridges carrying road traffic across the river into Westminster and the City has increased significantly during morning rush hour traffic compared to private motor cars.

  • Edinburgh to get 'London Underground Map for cycle network'

    Tom Allan and Mark Sydenham from thebikestation.org.uk are launching an Edinburgh 'Inner Tube' map later this month. It's described in this article as 'a London Underground style map of Edinburgh's cycle path network', which sounds very exciting. Will it be supported by adequate signage on the road - a crucial component of making a cycle network as easily navigable as the Tube and its map? We'll get to see the design 'within the next fortnight'. Watch this space.

  • The evolution of the bicycle

    If you think that proto-bikes survived the catastrophic extinction of the dinosaurs by skidding around in underground warrens, then you probably need to watch this fascinating BBC documentary on the evolution of the bicycle.

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